The Nation

Undue Hardship is Not Piety

WordForPeace.com Written by Junaid Jahangir The fight against Islamophobia is one about securing the civil and human rights of Muslims to live and practice their faith without let or hindrance. It requires an intersectional approach for Islamophobes do not distinguish between Muslim and Sikh, conservative and liberal, as for them all are “ragheads.” Consistency requires that as Muslims adopt an …

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In Jerusalem, you get to experience real pluralism

WordForPeace.com Jerusalem Day is a great time for public discussion on the most interesting, diverse and complex city in Israel, but in recent years, this discussion often turns into a eulogy of the secular population in Jerusalem. One cannot deny the challenges a city such as Jerusalem faces, in which two-thirds of the population (Arabs and ultra-Orthodox) are typically not …

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Ramzan truce in J&K: A risk worth taking due to lack of alternative initiatives?

WordForPeace.com Three to four days into the “cessation of operations” (COO) initiative in Jammu and Kashmir, it is under severe criticism from almost all quarters. The main objections appear to be from the security community, which is livid that the momentum of operations, put in place by Operation All Out, has been broken. Many less-informed people are joining in too. …

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Fasting: Devotion builds personal relationship with the Divine

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi In Islam, all acts of devotion are aimed at enlightening one’s inner self to build a personal relationship with God. Every year, Ramadan comes as a one-month training course, that helps us develop a strong will to live a completely humane, spiritually inclined and God-conscious life. In fact, the sole purpose of fasting in Islam …

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“We are victimizing ourselves by staying away from education,” says AIUMB President

WordForPeace.com AIUMB President Syed Muhammad Asharaf Kichchauchwi, while addressing a Ramazan spiritual gathering, said that Muslims talk about being discriminated and thus are easily falling prey to victimhood mentality. “Muslims have made this their favorite activity, instead of creatively thinking about their future and correct course of action. Sadly, the entire community is busy in blaming each other only,” he …

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युद्धविराम: कश्मीर की जनता में भरोसा पैदा करना होगा Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi in First Post

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi भारत सरकार ने एक बार फिर रमजान के पवित्र महीने के दौरान जम्मू-कश्मीर में सशर्त युद्धविराम का ऐलान किया है. ऐसे में मुश्किल चुनौतियों से जूझ रहे जम्मू-कश्मीर के लोगों के लिए रमजान की शुरुआती अवधि के दौरान सुखद बदलाव के लिए माहौल तैयार हो सकता है ‘मैं उम्मीद करता हूं कि हमारे रुख की पूरी …

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Bring J&K into national mainstream, ignite hope amidst despair

WordForPeace.com The Ministry of Home Affairs’ unilateral direction to the security forces in Jammu & Kashmir to “cease fire” during the holy month of Ramzan has not been welcomed by the Pakistan-backed outfits, but has come as a relief to the common people of this disturbed part of India. It has been welcomed with caution. Markets have started functioning, with …

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Meet Ghulam Rasool—the man behind a million tulips in Kashmir: The Week

WordForPeace.com Ghulam Rasool, the lead gardener at Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden—Asia’s biggest—in Srinagar, has two years to retire. But that doesn’t bother him. What does worry him is what would happen to the garden when he’s not around. He quickly dispels his own apprehensions. “These are just my fears,” he told THE WEEK. “The staff here will continue to …

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